In just five songs, Theresa Lucia strums on many relatable experiences and works through hardship with poetic nuance and unique vocal talent.
Boxes is Lucia’s debut EP, and it sets the artist up for a stellar future. The artist has lived north of Boston, helped out at the family restaurant in Florida, and now finds herself calling Brooklyn home. But home is not a concept that comes easily, and this is showcased as a main theme through the EP.
The eponymous first track on the EP made it to the semi-finals of the International Songwriters Competition and it’s clear why. The song is an uplifting ode to finding your own love and knowing who you are. “We are beautiful without approval,” Lucia sings, and her voice rings clear and controlled as the track rises around it.
On “Pacifier” — a standout song in the collection — she finds an edge over electric guitars. The darker tone of post-breakup energy has a melody that lingers and is juxtaposed against preceding “The Text” which could be belted across the ocean with its folk lilt and delicate longing.
Themes of family and home come to a head as Theresa Lucia sings about her father’s dream on “Shake the Tree” and looks to the optimism of the big city on EP closer “Roll With the Punches”. Both songs carry a richness beyond the subject matter and, as always, feel propelled by the sweet warmth of Lucia’s voice.